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 Alexis Leiva Machado Kcho  (1970 - )

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Lived/Active: Cuba      Known for: seaside iconography found object sculpture, and drawing

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Kcho (sometimes spelled "K'cho"), was born 'Alexis Leyva Machado on the Isla de Pinos (1970) and became a contemporary Cuban artist.  He has had art showings around the world. He first attracted international attention by winning the grand prize at South Korea's Kwangju Biennial in 1995.

He graduated from the National School of Fine Arts, Havana, in 1990, after which he was awarded the Saiz Brothers Association Prize. In 1996, he began exhibiting his work at the National Centre of Contemporary Art (Montreal, Canada), the Museum of Contemporary Art (LA, USA; 1997) and the Reina Sofia National Museum (Madrid; 2000).

In 1992, Kcho was made a member of the Jury of the National Salon of the National Museum Palace of Fine Arts, Havana; in 1994, he received a scholarship by the Ludwig Foundation; and in 1995, he received the UNESCO Prize for Promotion of the Arts, Geneva, Switzerland. Kcho is known for creating works based on the forms of boats, often made from scavenged or improvised materials, and incorporating iconography and items from everyday life in Cuba into his art.

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Born in Cuba in 1970, Alexis Leiva Machado is known as a draughtsman and sculptor. At the age of twenty-four he was selected to participate at the Bienal de la Habana in 1994 and at the Bienal de Sao Paulo that same year.

His artwork has been seen at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Walker Art Center, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

Kcho has focused almost exclusively on the subject matter of the boat, creating them with driftwood and other objects found along the coast of Cuba. Recurrent images in Kcho’s work are the found elements incorporated in the hand-made rafts of Cuba’s boat refugees.

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Kcho (Cuban, b.1970) is a sculptor and mixed-media artist who has contributed to the Contemporary Art movement. Kcho was born in Alexis Leyva Machado on the Isle de la Juventud in Cuba. He obtained his BA in Fine Arts from the National School of Fine Arts in Havana. He was interested in drawing at a very young age, and his main influence was Bruce Nauman (American, b.1941).

The majority of Kcho’s works are based on boat forms. He uses materials that are often scavenged from other sources, such as recycled bottles and old lumber from docks and boats. He grew up around water, so he took the pictures from his past and created images that honored the dead. He incorporated many Cuban icons and items from the daily culture into his sculptures.

Some of Kcho’s most notable works include Coluna Infinita, Las Playas Infinitas and El Camino de la Nostalgia. In 1995, Kcho won the grand prize at South Korea's Gwangju Biennial, which presents a global perspective on Contemporary Art. In 1996, Kcho began to exhibit his work at the National Center for contemporary Art in Montreal, Canada. He also exhibited his work at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, CA and the Reina Sofia National Museum in Madrid, Spain.

In 1992, Kcho was named a member of the Jury of the National Salon of the National Museum Palace of Fine Arts in Havana, Cuba. In 1994, he received a scholarship by the Ludwig foundation of Cuba. The group presents award money to help promote and protect Contemporary Cuban artists. The following year Kcho received the UNESCO Prize for Promotion of the Arts in Geneva, Switzerland. His works are on permanent display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY, Arizona State University Art Museum in Tempe, AZ and the Walker Art Center in Minnesota.

Kcho currently lives and works in Cuba.

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